Boca Grande Furnishings
54 Greene St., at Broome St. 212-226-8766
Go here for: Simple, large-scale rustic rosewood and teak furniture that suits spare New York apartments and goes with just about any décor. The styles don’t vary much, so you can count on certain pieces always being in stock (and right now there’s a sale).
What’s there right now: Expandable dining table with leaves, marked down to $2,200; a rosewood cabinet, marked down to $1,199; a rosewood-and-glass sideboard, marked down to $2,700.
The Demolition Depot
216 E. 125th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-860-1138
Go here for: Vintage bathroom fixtures, like claw-foot tubs and forties-era mirrored-metal medicine cabinets, as well as grand pieces retrieved from old homes, like elaborately carved wooden ceilings and columns.
What’s there right now: A marble tub, from $6,500; mirrored medicine cabinets, from $75; wood fireplace mantels, from $250.
55 Wooster St., at Broome St. 212-966-0650
Go here for: Twentieth-century lamps from America and Italy, illustrative art by the likes of Cecil Beaton.
What’s there right now: A thirties American wrought-iron lamp with a mica shade for $2,800, a sixties American floor lamp for $1,350.
In Days of Old
357 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill; 718-858-4233
Go here for: Victorian-era furniture and bric-a-brac.
What’s there right now: While this store came enthusiastically recommended by one of our experts, its hours are unpredictable, so call before going.
Olde Good Things
124 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-989-8401
Go here for: Chandeliers and sconces from old-world hotels, furniture from throughout the ages, even tile and sinks.
What’s there right now: Turn-of-the-past-century marble mantels, from $2,500; walnut doors from brownstones, from $2,500. Olde Good will also make tables to order from recycled barn wood, starting at $750.
123 Mercer St., nr. Prince St.; 212-966-4390
Go here for: Twentieth-century rarities like a Noguchi table or a Deco-period jukebox.
What’s there right now: A fifties Formica-and-brass bar for $2,500 with matching stools for $250 each, a Nakashima-like rosewood coffee table for $600.
222 E. 44th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-450-7988
Go here for: High-quality vintage furniture. The 70 dealers here are all legit, and sell well-curated furniture in excellent condition from around the world. The twentieth-century offerings are most impressive. Some pieces might go up to five figures, but you’re getting an heirloom for thousands less than you’d pay in a gallery or at an auction house.
What’s there right now: A fifties French lounge chair in the style of Neutra for $8,500.
WHERE TO SPRUCE UP YOUR FINDS
225 W. 37th St., nr. Seventh Ave., sixteenth fl.; 212-719-5153
Go here for: An enormous selection of upholstery and curtain fabrics, which the staff will happily cut swatches of. You can also have your order delivered. Custom sewing (curtains, throw pillows, dog beds) is also available.
543 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Union St., Williamsburg; 718-782-7141
A coat of paint is the fastest way to clean up a junk-shop find. Panelists Vichnevsky and Weddle like this small shop for the personal, attentive service and fine-tuned custom-blending of colors.
Their favorites: Sizzling Haute (red), Night Navy, and Sun Coast (yellow) by California Paint; Cotton Ball (white) and, for eggshell finish, White Sand by Benjamin Moore. Paints start at about $11 per gallon.
55 Washington St., nr. Front St., Dumbo; 718-643-2827
Panelist Coleman recommends this shop for restoring junk-shop furniture. Prices start at $520 for a chair, $720 for a sofa.